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NEW MOUAU VC COMMENCES UNIVERSITY WIDE TOUR

NEW MOUAU VC COMMENCES UNIVERSITY WIDE TOUR

As part of activities to mark his first week in office, the Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, on Monday 8th March, 2021, commenced a University Wide Tour. The Vice-Chancellor in the company of the DVC Academic, Professor Udo Herbert; the DVC Administration, Professor Elechi Asawalam; the University Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Adanma Odefa Nwachukwu, and other senior staff of University, first visit was to the College of Agric Economics, Rural Sociology and Extension (CAERSE) where they assessed the state of infrastructure in the college.

The Vice-Chancellor and his entourage later proceeded to the College of Animal Science and Animal Production (CASAP) and were led round the University farm by the dean of the college, Professor K.U Ahamefule who decried its poor state due to the paucity of funds to embark on sustainable, large scale animal production. Professor Ofo Iwe also paid a visit to the College of Crop and Soil Science (CCSS) where staff lamented the lack of farmlands for teaching and research which they said had hindered productivity in the college.

While responding to the issues raised by the deans and other staff of the colleges, the Vice-Chancellor promised to work round the clock to facilitate infrastructure development in the colleges, adding that his administration would ensure the availability and judicious use of resources for the good of every member of the University community. He however appealed to staff of the colleges to show hard work and diligence in the discharge of their duties as a way to forestall irregularities in the system.

DAY 2- NEW MOUAU VC TOUR CONTINUES...

The New Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe has promised that every piece of training equipment procured for colleges in the institution will be put to good use for the benefit of the students. The VC promised this on Tuesday, 9th March, 2021, during his visit to the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) in continuation of his University wide tour. Professor M.O Iwe, who admitted that engineering is the backbone of technological and scientific development, decried the situation where equipment that cost huge sums of money are dumped due to lack of adequate technical know-how and promised that staff will be trained to man every piece of equipment.

Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe also promised that equipment for the training of students will be used effectively when he visited the College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (CNREM). He further stated while addressing issues raised by the staff and students of the college, who turned up in their numbers to receive him, that the problem of inadequate staffing, delay of contractors in the completion of projects and inadequate plantations will also be addressed.

At the College of Education (COED), where the Dean, Professor Ursula Ngozi Akanwa also lamented problems associated with the use of available equipment and dearth in infrastructure, the Vice-Chancellor promised that all issues including the lack of conducive classrooms and offices will be addressed.

Professor M.O Iwe, who also visited the College of Physical and Applied Science (COLPAS) to assess the state of infrastructure, appealed to all staff of the colleges to show hard work and diligence in the discharge of their duties to enable the University make up for the time lost during the coronavirus pandemic. He also urged them to meet struggling students at the point of their needs and admonished lecturers to embrace contentment to avoid compelling students to indulge in vices to gratify them.

Professor M.O Iwe thanked the staff of the colleges for the warm reception accorded him and for their support during the process that saw his emergence as Vice-Chancellor.

DAY 3- MORE ON THE NEW MOUAU VC'S TOUR...

As part of his familiarization tour across the University, the Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, on Friday 12th, March, 2021, visited the College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), College Of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and College of Applied Food Sciences and Tourism (CAFST).

At COLNAS, the dean, Prof. Polycarp Nnacheta Okafor with some of the departmental heads and staff took the vice-chancellor on inspection of the college. The college comprises of four departments: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Zoology/Environmental Biology and Plant Science/ Biotechnology.

The challenges facing the college as enumerated by the dean included lack of office spaces for the teaching and non teaching staff, deplorable conditions of furniture / fittings and lack of work stations as well as inadequate practical laboratories. Others were erosion problems, irregular supply of electricity and water and toilet facilities. The vice-chancellor was also asked to put in place a better financial mechanism to enable the college procure official vehicles.

The V.C's train later moved to CVM, where the dean, Prof. Maduike C. O. Ezeibe along with his college staff, took the V.C. and his entourage round the college. Six departments in the college visited included Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Micro Biology, Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, Veterinary Public Health & Preventive Medicine and Theriogenology.

The dean drew the attention of the University management to challenges faced by the college which included, the lack of a demonstration farm for food animals, an abattoir for processing meat from poultry, pigs, cattle, a cold storage facility and a feed mill. Other areas were lack of office space, funds for horse maintenance, interlocking the college premises, employment of senior academics and resident veterinary doctors. In addition, the dean requested for a 30-seater ambulatory bus. He appealed to the vice-chancellor to urgently direct appropriate officers of the university to invite the Veterinary Council of Nigeria to visit and re-accredit the college before the end of second semester of 2019/2020 session to enable their present final year students to graduate.

Finally, the vice-chancellor and his team visited CAFST. The dean and some of the college's officers took him round the departments of Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Home Science and Hospitality Management and Tourism. Challenging areas the college called the V.C.'s attention to and appealed for help with were, the fixing of irregular power supplies, provision of industrial sewing machines and exhibition hall for the clothing and textile section. The college also pleaded for the provision of gas cookers, smoke evacuator and fixing of the water supply system. The vice-chancellor used the visit to see various exhibitions and products being produced by the students of the college. Some of the products were presented as gifts and refreshment in a colourful reception organised by the college in honour of the V.C's tour.

The vice-chancellor, in his response to the issues raised by the various colleges, expressed displeasure with the deplorable state of basic amenities. He promised that his administration will do its utmost to maintain what the university has as well as build upon them. He challenged every staff to take ownership of their work stations by preserving and protecting the limited resources of the institution. He equally advised all staff to develop the culture of teamwork, saying, "We need to work together, open up space for relationship and friendship and do our best to correct things we should correct in order to grow the university."

The V.C. charged lecturers to give their best to the students and shun the exploitation of students through any form of gratification. He emphasized that lecturers have the responsibility to love and groom students regardless of the students' individual understanding capabilities.

The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied on the tour by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Elechi Asawalam; the university Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Adanma Odefa and other senior staff of the university

DAY 4- MORE ON THE VC'S UNIVERSITY WIDE TOUR...

The Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, has assured the staff and students of the institution of his administration’s determination to protect their rights and privileges. He made this assurance during his visit to the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) in continuation of his tour of the University. The vice-chancellor, while addressing the staff and students of the college who were led by the Dean, Professor A.U. Obayi, further promised to liaise with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other relevant government bodies regarding the restoration of some courses that were delisted from the college in 2016. The vice-chancellor noted that the delisted courses were all important and that there was even a need to add new relevant ones in line with global academic trends. The college also got the assurances of the VC that the issue of lack of office space for the academic staff, classrooms, as well as research laboratories, would be addressed to ensure effective teaching and learning.

At the Postgraduate School, where the Dean, Professor O.I. Okoro enumerated challenges including lack of electricity supply, poor topography, the deplorable state of the library and paucity of staff, the VC promised that all issues raised would be addressed. Speaking to the postgraduate students, he assured them of their welfare, and further advised that they make use of every opportunity and work within their allotted limited time. He further urged the staff and students of the Postgraduate School to help him achieve his vision of making the University a research-based institution.

The vice-chancellor also visited the Continuing Education Centre (CEC), where he was received by the staff and students who were led by the Director, Professor V.E. Osodeke. According to Professor Osodeke, the CEC faced numerous challenges including lack of office accommodation, the paucity of academic staff, lack of seriousness among some lecturers, among others, which he said adversely affected effective teaching and learning. In his response to the challenges listed by the Centre, the vice-chancellor, who stressed that CEC was established to help different classes of people access education, promised that his administration would do its best to give it a facelift. He also assured CEC that he would liaise with the bursar on the issue of school fees reduction to attract more students.

Professor Madu Iwe also gave his assurances of infrastructure development as well as staff and student welfare at the School of General Studies (SGS), where he was received by the Director, Dr. Ifeoma Obuasi alongside students and other staff of the School. Expressing delight at the warm reception accorded him, the VC also promised to consider the restoration of college status to General and Communication Studies after due consultations and proper planning.

The VC further appealed to staff and students to show hard work and commitment in their daily activities. He maintained that teachers are not to receive money or any form of gratification from students but should focus on doing the right things such as engaging in research collaborations.

The vice-chancellor was accompanied on the tour by the DVC (Academic), Professor Udo Herbert, the University Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Adanma Odefa, and other senior staff of the institution.

The Vice-Chancellor’s assessment tour around the University continues.